Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Adventures Of A Gluten-Free Mom

Taco Burgers & Sliced Mango

I finally got a chance to adopt Heidi Kelly, Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom!  Woot woot!  Heidi is an inspiration for anyone who keeps looking for why they are still sick after going gluten-free and not getting 100% better.  She is a wonderful advocate for herself and her family, and she encourages others to do the same.  I have a special place in my heart for anyone who advocates and encourages it.  I was really happy I got to meet her at the Gluten & Allergy-Free Expo back in April.  She is a hoot and then some!

I intended to make her Gluten-free Goldfish Crackers, but the week I was going to make them, the heat and humidity was stifling.  There was no way I was turning the oven on.

Instead, I made her Taco Burgers.  I was thinking to myself, why didn’t I think of this for burgers?  I mean, I used sprouted corn tortillas instead of bread when I first went gluten-free to make my veggie sandwiches.  So why didn’t I think of taco shells to replace burgers?  I don’t know, but I’m sure glad Heidi did.  I enjoyed them so much, I was pretty sad when I ate the last of it for lunch the next day.  It’s dishes like this that make me glad I plan for leftovers for lunch.  Sometimes, having it for one meal is not enough and you want more.  I sliced up a mango and served it on the side.  It was a nice compliment to the Taco Burger.  I couldn’t find any green chili sauce (imagine that), so I wound up using tomatillo salsa instead.  It wasn’t hot, but it had a kick to it from the jalapeños in it.

Gluten-free Reuben Sandwiches & Veggie Sticks

The next night I made her Gluten-Free Reuben Sandwiches.  Other than turkey, pastrami and corned beef are my favorite sandwich meats.  I was over the moon since this is something else I never thought to do since I don’t make sandwiches much anymore.   I made this all on my countertop grill/griddler (it’s gotten a lot of use the last few weeks), so I didn’t have multiple pans to wash and I wasn’t standing over a hot stove burning things.  I sliced up a cucumber, some carrots, and a red bell pepper to serve along side.  I felt we needed something cold and raw to balance the warm sandwich.  The best part was I had enough leftovers for several lunches.  Oh yesssssss.  I did make one change and that was to use provolone instead of swiss.  I’m not a big fan of swiss cheese.  It’s right up there with bleu cheese.  I also forgot the caraway seeds the first time I made it, but remembered it for the lunches.  If I had been thinking, I would have used my Katz Gluten-Free Wholesome Bread rather than the Katz Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread.  The Wholesome Bread is a bit heartier and would have been more “rye-like” with the added caraway seeds.

Me, Andrea, Jennifer, Lauren-Lucille, and Heidi

Heidi has so many wonderful recipes on her site that I still need to try.  So many recipes from my blogger friends to try and not enough time!

Special thanks to Sea of Book of Yum for creating this event and hosting it this month!

Memetastic What?

I get home from errands this morning, put away groceries, pop an Against the Grain Sesame Bagel into the toaster oven, and sit down with my coffee at my laptop.   I’m scrolling through my feed on Facebook and ‘lo and behold my best friend posted something new on her blog.  Of course I clicked on the link right away.  I may be behind in keeping up with my gluten-free blogger friends, but I manage to keep up with Stick’s blogs – This Side of Typical and Devilishly Idle.  The former is about navigating the world with her son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder last year.  The latter is all about her creative side.  She does some pretty awesome stuff and I’m not just saying that because she’s my best friend.  She’s creative as hell and I love when we’re able to be creative together.  We tend to feed off each other.


Her post this morning was about the Memetastic Award she received from another blogger.  The award was started by jillsmo of Yeah. Good Times.  I don’t know jillsmo.  I just see her comment’s on Stick’s blog.  As you can imagine from the subject matter of her blogs, Stick and I run in different blogospheres.  Part of the award is awarding 5 other bloggers with the award.  There I am on the list of awardees.  I’m thinking, “Well, shit.”  And think of a redneck drawl when you read “shit.”  The award is all in good fun so I’m running with it.

Here are the rules of the award that I have to follow.  Be aware that I’m copying and pasting it as Stick has it on her blog, which she got from jillsmo’s blog.  I can cuss like they can, I just try real hard not to.  Even if I did say, “shit” twice already.  Make that three times.  Third time’s a charm.

1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic that I have created for these purposes (put it in your post, you don’t have to put it in your sidebar, I think that would seriously be asking too much). It’s so bad that not only did I use COMIC SANS, but there’s even a little fucking jumping, celebrating kitten down there at the bottom.It’s horrifying! But its presence in your award celebration is crucial to the memetastic process we’re creating here. If you need a higher resolution version… I totally have one!!

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be bold-faced lies. Just make some shit up, we’ll never know; one of them has to be true, though. Of course, nobody will ever know the difference, so we’re just on the honor system here. I trust you. Except for the 4 that you lied about, you lying bastards! But don’t go crazy trying to think of stuff, you’ll see by the example I’ve set below that we’re not really interested in quality here.

3. You must pass this award on to 5 bloggers that you either like or don’t like or don’t really have much of an opinion about. I don’t care who you pick, and nobody needs to know why. I mean, you can give a reason if you want, but I don’t really care.

4. If you fail to follow any of the above rules, I will fucking hunt your ass down and harass you incessantly until you either block me on Twitter or ban my IP address from visiting your blog. I don’t know if you can actually do that last thing, but I will become so annoying to you that you will actually go out and hire an IT professional to train you on how to ban IP addresses just so that I’ll leave you alone. I’m serious. I’m going to do these things. Starting with the 5 of you I’m about to pass this award on to.

Four lies and truth?

1.  I have a green thumb.

2.  I’m a sci-fi junkie

3.  Winter is my favorite season.

4.  I married Prince Charming.

5.  I’m a ninja.

I’m guessing I can’t give the award back to Stick, and she gave one to Silly Sissy.  So, my dear bloggers, I’m awarding you 5 (in no particular order) with this fabulous Memetastic Award just because you are all awesome.

1.  Andrew of Eating Rules

2.  Brittany of Real Sustenance

3.  Iris of The Daily Dietribe

4.  Heidi of Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

5.  Shirley of gfe – gluten-free easily